Author Archives: Leslie Morris

Home for the Holidays | Triumph Dining

homefortheholidaysYou may be the adult child heading “home” to visit your family for the holidays, either with or without your own family. You may be the host family, the ones who will soon find your extra rooms filled with out-of-town guests. Either or both of you may be gluten-free.

Many people prefer to stay in hotels when they travel, even when they visit family. But in many cultures this is taboo. And so the beds and couches and floor space get additional use.

Here are a few tips for surviving, even thriving. If you’re the host:  Click to continue reading »

The Business Trip | Triumph Dining

business travel postI’m on a plane as I type and considering the woman next to me, baby on her lap. A diaper bag is at her feet and she is working hard to keep the baby from bothering me. The woman is holding a cup of Cheerios and feeding them to the child one at a time. It’s rather sweet.

This scene makes me think that a celiac packing for a business trip isn’t much different than a parent packing for a trip with a child. Where will I pick up goldfish in LA for a parent is where do I pick up Udi’s crackers for a celiac? Where will I be able to go out to dinner Click to continue reading »

My Twins First Christmas

My-Twins-First-Christmas-e1353621448127Hats off to Jackie Singer, who has published her first book, My Twins First Christmas

This children’s book is part of the My Friend Paris series, conceived by the daughter of Triumph Dining owners Dave and Leslie Morris. In this next adventure for Paris and her twin sisters, she teaches them about all of the holiday activities surrounding Christmas, as well as a little bit about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

84 Signs You Have Celiac Disease | Triumph Dining

Have you seen this great infographic? We came across it via GlutenDude and MindBodyGreen.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Celiacs: A Bread Maker

51Op7VZ5tzS._SL1500_Avoiding gluten often translates to more time in the kitchen, either modifying gluten-laden recipes or cooking to avoid gluten in cross-contaminated environments.

A bread maker is a good gift for a celiac because they can bake from scratch or mix, adding or subtracting ingredients to get the best possible outcome.

This Zojirushi, pictured at right, gets rave reviews. Couple it with one or more of the Triumph Dining Baking Guides and you’ve got a big ticket holiday gift.

New Triumph Dining Restaurant Guide is Here!

The Essential Gluten Free Restaurant Guide - 6th Edition (2)Just in time for the holiday social season and gift giving, the 6th edition of America’s #1 Best Selling Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide  is here.

More than half of the 8,500 restaurants in the book have new content or are new altogether. In fact, there are more than 1,500 new restaurants in this guide, places you can now enjoy safe meals. We’ve also noted menu items for 120 National and Regional chain restaurants.

This 6th edition of the award-winning guide has 570 pages of restaurant information in all 50 states. Even in paperback, it’s a big book. Consider buying two, one for your home, one for your car.

More information can be found here.

Thanksgivukkah | Triumph Dining Thanksgiving Week

savory-latkes-finished640x360This year, for the first time in 70,000 years, Hanukkah starts on the night before Thanksgiving. This presents some interesting opportunities for the Thanksgiving and Hanukkah meals, both having their own set of traditions.

The recipe below came from Bay Area Bites one of my favorite blogs. The recipe was easily modified to be gluten-free.

Pumpkin Latkes with Cranberry Applesauce

The recipe’s author incorporated cranberries into traditional applesauce. Cooking the latkes is a simple as scooping about 1/4 cup of pumpkin mixture per latke into a hot, fat-slicked cast iron skillet and frying them until they’re well browned on each side. Keep early batches warm in a 300 degrees F oven while frying the remainder of the pumpkin mixture. Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Gift Baskets

gluten-free-gift-basketThe holidays are upon us. Maybe you’re big gift givers. Maybe you’re less into the commercialism of the season. Maybe you’re donating to those unfortunate souls in the Philippines right now.
Sometimes you just need to know where to go. And in this case we’re pointing you to Well Baskets, which offers mail order gift baskets for celiacs and a whole bunch of other people who don’t eat specific items. Click to continue reading »

Swedish Study Finds No Link Between Celiac Disease and Autism

A recent Swedish study finds no link between celiac disease and autism spectrum disorders.

The study’s lead, Dr. Jonas Ludvigsson of Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, says that this is one less thing for people who have celiac disease or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to worry about.

According to Ludvigsson, people who were diagnosed with an ASD in the study were no more likely to be diagnosed with celiac disease than people without an ASD.

Ludvigsson and his colleagues linked several Swedish databases to compare the celiac disease diagnoses among people with ASDs to a group of people without the developmental disorders. The researchers had data from 250,000 people.

Roughly 44 people per 100,000 were diagnosed with an ASD before they were diagnosed with celiac disease. That compared to about 48 people per 100,000 who were diagnosed with an ASD but not with celiac disease.

The study did find, however, a link between ASDs and a positive blood test for celiac disease, which alone is not enough to diagnose someone with the condition. A celiac disease diagnosis requires both a positive blood test and evidence of damage to the small intestine.

Ludvigsson cautioned that the link between ASDs and a positive celiac blood test is based on a small number of cases. There could be a real relationship between the two or it could be a result of doctors overtesting people with ASDs, he said.

The study also does not shed any light on whether a gluten-free diet improves ASD symptoms. The study is published in JAMA Psychiatry.

http://medcitynews.com/2013/09/study-finds-link-celiac-disease-autism/

Welcome Blogger Julie Koslen Diehl

We’re proud that Julie has joined the Triumph Dining blogging lineup.

Julie has been gluten-free for eight years now and has taken an active role in helping others new to a gluten-free lifestyle. In fact, she was one of the first people I met along my own experiments in avoiding gluten.

Julie, her husband, two sons and dog live in Chicago-land. She is committed to helping Triumph Dining blog and newsletter readers learn about new products to market, safe restaurants and ways to live gluten-free.